Chennai: The General Council of the ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu on Saturday ratified the party’s decision to project incumbent Edppadi K Palaniswami as the Chief Minister candidate for the upcoming Assembly elections due in next four months.
A resolution to this effect was adopted unanimously at the meeting, which started two hours behind schedule at a marriage hall at suburban Vaanagaram.
Another resolution authorising Deputy CM O Panneerselvam and Palaniswami, who are also the Coordinator and Joint Coordinator of the party respectively, to decide and finalise the seat-sharing pact with the allies and devise the victorious poll strategy were also unanimously adopted at the meeting.
Apart from vowing to work for the victory of the party for a hat-trick of wins in the ensuing elections, a resolution condemning Opposition DMK Chief M K Stalin for his constant criticism of the Chief Minister was also adopted at the meeting.
The resolution ratifying Palaniswami as the CM nominee comes at a time when AIADMK’s key ally, the BJP taking a divergent stand that the issue of CM candidate would be announced by the BJP high command.
The meeting to be presided by party presidium chairman E Madhusudhananan, also ratified the formation of the 11-member steering committee constituted on October seven last year when the CM candidate was announced.
Palaniswami announced the formation of the 11-member steering committee to guide the party in the polls, which included six members from his side and five representing OPS’s side, Panneerselvam formally announced the CM candidate of the AIADMK.
”I am happy to announce that our dear brother Palaniswami will be the victorious Chief Ministerial candidate of AIADMK for the 2021 Assembly polls”, he said.
He said ”in the 2021 Assembly polls, AIADMK will project Palaniswami as the Chief Minister”, bringing to an end the protracted intra-party tussle on the issue that began on the Independence Day last year.